Storage Tips: Red basil should be stored in the refrigerator. Wrap Basil in a damp paper towel and store in a plastic bag, or place it in a tall glass with about 1 inch of water in the bottom. Rinse and thoroughly dry basil leaves before using
Basil can also be preserved in oil or frozen to maximize its shelf life. Chop fresh basil leaves and place in clean ice cube trays. Cover with oil, water, or stock and freeze. When ready to use, simply remove a few cubes and keep the rest in the freezer.
Usage Ideas: Red basil is stronger than regular basil. Combined with garlic and olive it can turn into an easy pesto. You can also use it as garnish and add it to salads, sandwiches and pasta. Because of its color and intense flavour it is used in drinks like red basil lemonade or red basil mojito.
Fun Facts: Although original from India, red basil is not used there for cooking, but as a sacred plant for traditional medicine and Hindu worship ceremonies.
Red basil has vitamin C and many antioxidants.